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Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process Posted on Jun 15

Adopting in Massachusetts:  The Placement Process

Adopting in Massachusetts is a wonderful way to provide a loving and stable family for a child who needs one. If you’ve already been approved to adopt a child in Massachusetts — see the last adoption blog post on how to apply — you may   …Continue Reading Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better Posted on Mar 15

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

For many people in Massachusetts, eating healthy food isn’t easy because of limited resources or mobility. If you need help putting fresh, nutritious food on the table, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) offer several nutrition   …Continue Reading Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

The Magic of Family Reading Time Posted on Mar 1

The Magic of Family Reading Time

Reading aloud gives you a chance to explore new stories and spend quality time with your family. And the benefits for your kids don’t stop there — the National Education Association (NEA) points to studies showing that children who read at home are more likely   …Continue Reading The Magic of Family Reading Time

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year Posted on Sep 24

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Whether it’s your children’s first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, one of your biggest responsibilities as a parent is to keep them healthy. That means more than just three square meals a day — exercise, oral hygiene, sleep, and illness   …Continue Reading How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 14

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Having a nurturing and stable home is essential in a child’s development process. In 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 5,425 children entered the Massachusetts foster care system in need of temporary role models who could provide guidance as   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement Posted on Jun 18

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

The first part of this series on child support in Massachusetts focused on how to arrange a child support order, as well as how to make and receive payments. However, sometimes a change or enforcement of an order is necessary. The Department of Revenue Child   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments Posted on Jun 16

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments

Establishing a child support plan is often a top concern for newly separated or divorced parents in Massachusetts. Determining each party’s responsibilities and how the payment and calculation process works helps create a long-term care strategy for children. With resources from the Department of Revenue   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on May 15

Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast